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Nigeria: Jihadists kidnap ‘female’ students in Kaduna

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Suspected jihadists have kidnapped dozens of students in the northwestern state of Kaduna in Nigeria.

Confirming the incident, Kaduna police spokesman Mohammed Jalige said the gunmen attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Mando late on Thursday.

“We are yet to ascertain the number of the victims kidnapped,” he said.

Meanwhile, a witness told the BBC that the jihadist only kidnapped female students but did not take any male student with them.

Since January, jihadists have kidnapped several students in the country, mainly in Niger State, forcing the government to close most boarding and public schools.

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BREAKING: OSPAC, soldiers kill 5 civilians in Rivers community

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Five civilians were killed when Nigerian army soldiers and members of the Onelga Security Planning Advisory Committee (OSPAC) raided their home in Okpulor Iriebe, Rivers State in southern Nigeria.

Locals said the incident happened in the early hours of Thursday, May 13, 2021, when people were still sleeping.

“They fired sporadically as they stormed the community looking for IPOB members. We saw the bodies in the house this morning,” a resident said, adding that the victims are two women and three men.

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Authorities have made no statement regarding the incident, but a traditional chief who confirmed the incident to Gazette Africa said soldiers accused the community of harboring secessionist IPOB members and backing the secessionist group.

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“They came around midnight like you said and killed them,” he said.

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Nigeria: Two police stations razed, officer killed in Akwa-Ibom

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UYO — Two police stations were set on fire by unidentified gunmen in Akwa-Ibom state, southern Nigeria.

The Ika Divisional Police Station was attacked and set of fire in the early hours of Wednesday, alongside the Etim Ekpo Police Station, where the attackers killed a policeman, Constable Edogi Bassey, said the State Public Relations Officer — SP Odiko Macdon.

It is the latest attack on police in the state just two weeks after three police officers were killed in separate attacks on police facilities.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack alongside other attacks targeting police formations and other government forces in the country.

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Unidentified gunmen set ablaze NDLEA office in southeast Nigeria

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UMUAHIA — An office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was set ablaze on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Amaekpu Ohafia Abia State, in south-eastern Nigeria.

The incident occurred amid several reports of attacks on police facilities and government forces in the country.

No casualties were recorded in the attack suspected of being carried out by armed hoodlums, authorities said.

Meanwhile, residents told Gazette Africa that the attack lasted for about 30 minutes, forcing the officers to flee to safety.

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